Special Needs Swimming Programs

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Sundays, 10:30am-12:30pm

  • Session I: Adults 18 and Over (10:30 - 11:30am)
  • Session II: Ages 6 - 12 Years (11:30am - 12:30pm)

The JCC Bridgewater Rising Tide Special Olympics Swim Team is a volunteer organization that seeks to introduce individuals with special needs to the wonders of swimming. As part of Special Olympics New Jersey Somerset County Area 10 we compete in three swim meets throughout the season: county, area, and state. We seek to provide an enriching and welcoming environment for swimmers with special needs ages 10, and up. Athletes participating in this program should have a basic knowledge of swimming and be able to comfortably swim one length (25 yards) of freestyle and one length (25 yards) of backstroke.  

If you or an athlete is interested in joining, please contact Stephanie Johnson, Head Coach/Local Training Program Coordinator at 908-443-9020  or SJohnson@ssbjcc.org.


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Ages 3-Adult

This program consists of 30 minute one on one private swimming lessons for individuals with special needs ages 3-adult. Lessons are taught by certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors with background working with the special needs population. Instructor will tailor lessons to student and parent/guardian individual goals. Topics to be covered in this program include: independent floatation with and without a device, how to control breathing, kicking, basic paddling, front crawl, back stroke and jumping/diving into the pool. Participants will also receive special attention and instruction that may help develop competency in the water as well as improve overall coordination, strength, endurance, range of movement, as well as social and attending behaviors.

Lessons are sold in packages of (6) 30 minute lessons for $115. The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC is an approved agency for the Supports Program Service.

Please note, the program is full for the Fall 2017 session. Registration for the Winter 2017 (beginning January 6 2018) will begin on Monday November 20 2017. Please check back here on 11/20 to register for the next session.

If you would like more information on either program, please contact Stephanie Johnson, Head Coach/Local Training Program Coordinator at 908-443-9020 or SJohnson@ssbjcc.org.

Swim Instructor Schedule